Rajya Sabha polls: BJP fields four aspirants, Congress in spot

Amitabh Bachchan with his wife Jaya Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan with his wife Jaya Bachchan

However, there was a technical hitch in his nomination papers, with the returning officer asking the Congress leader to produce a "no due" certificate from the bank from which he had taken a loan and repaid it. Yagnik too filed her nomination.

Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, GVL Narsimha Rao and Harnath Singh Yadav will contest from Uttar Pradesh.

Likewise, lone Rajya Sabha candidate of Congress also reached Assembly to file his nomination papers and he was also flanked by senior party leaders.

The BJP has fielded Ghaziabad-based businessman Anil Agarwal and two others in the March 23 elections.

Since no other candidate is expected to file nomination, formal announcement of unopposed election of candidates is likely to be made on March 15 after the deadline for withdrawal of candidature ends.

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Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane's name also appears among the list of candidates from Maharashtra. Looking at the selection of the candidates and the in-fighting that has surfaced afterwards, it is clear that there is a feeling of discontent among Congress members from their central leadership.

The party nominated three candidates from Karnataka, including Dalit poet L. Hanumanthaiah and Vokkalinga leader G.C. Chandrasekhar.

The Congress had the names of 10 of its candidates on Sunday that excluded most of its big names in the Rajya Sabha, including Rajeev Shukla and Satyavrat Chaturvedi.

The BJP on Monday queered the pitch for Rajya Sabha elections by fielding additional candidates in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, putting to test the attempts to forge an Opposition alliance. Going by this statistic, if MLAs of both the parties vote as per their party whip, both Congress and BJP are poised to win two seats each.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had fielded Manoj Jha and Ashfaque Karim as Rajya Sabha candidates. The Sena whose strength in the assembly is 63 has 21extra votes after it gets elected its one candidate. The Congress, which has 120 MLAs, can send at least two MPs with 45 votes each.

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